Featured Program: Love Danville Education Council
The Love Danville Higher Education Council seeks to (1) represent the “student voice” in the community and (2) create a more positive image of the city on campus. In April 2017, the group hosted “Love Danville Week,” in which students left “love notes” around campus encouraging others to reimagine Danville. Through post-it notes, sidewalk chalk, stickers, window paint, t-shirts and social media, the students created a buzz across campus that resulted in a wave of students, faculty and staff also sharing why they #lovedanvilleva!
The students of the Love Danville Higher Education Council also understand that part of loving where you live is learning about where you live. Thus, the students decided to take part in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission’s “King in Virginia” project to learn about and showcase the stories of Danville’s Civil Rights Movement. They will be conducting oral history interviews with participants and leaders from the local Civil Rights Movement, which they will turn into a written story for the project.
Featured MLK Day Activity: MLK Day of Service
Each year, Averett hosts a community-wide MLK Day of Service to celebrate the legacy of Dr. King. In 2017, volunteers prepared 10,152 meals for Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now), 200 Valentine’s Day cards for veterans and 90 scarves for children at Danville Redevelopment & Housing Authority sites. Participants included K12 and higher education students, AmeriCorps members and community members.
Christopher Newport University
Featured Program: CNU Service Distinction Program
In an effort to promote student-led campus-wide community engagement, the Center for Community Engagement offers the Service Distinction Program to all students. The Service Distinction Honor bestowed upon students at graduation has served as an incentive for student enrollment through the Center. Student service track coordinators guide enrolled students to declare a specific policy area or population track at a sustained community partner location. Currently over 1,780 students are pursuing Service Distinction, equal to over 35% of total undergraduate enrollment.
The College of William and Mary
Featured Program: Branch Out
Branch Out engages students in diverse quality alternative breaks so that they become active and educated members of society. Branch Out’s vision is to create a community of active and educated individuals dedicated to the pursuit of social justice.
George Mason University
Featured MLK Day Activity: Institution-wide MLK Day of Service
Students are connected to area service sites, participate in shared reflection and attend presentations by guest speakers.
To learn more about the MLK Day of Service visit:
George Washington University
Featured MLK Day Activity: MLK Day of Service and Leadership
As part of the George Washington University (GW) celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a day of service, leadership development and interfaith dialogue. MLK Day of Service and Leadership is sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, with support from the Multicultural Services Center and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion.
Featured Program: Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week
The Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service partners with the Human Service Program to plan a week of activities for the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. These activities hope to challenge the GW community to confront issues of poverty from local, national, and global perspective. Students work in committees around a different aspect of the week, including a food drive, walkathon, poetry slam and hunger banquet.
James Madison University
Outreach & Engagement
Carol Fleming, Interim Assistant Vice Provost
Sarah MacDonald, Interim Senior Director
Nicki West, Assistant to the Associate Vice Provost
Tomika Ferguson, Director of Community Partnerships
Misty Newman, Associate Director
Featured program: Alternative Break Program
Preparing the JMU community to be educated and enlightened citizens committed to positive social change by providing reflective experiential opportunities with diverse community partners, JMU Alternative Breaks ranked number five from Break Away in the number of participants (625) serving over Thanksgiving Break, Winter Break, Spring Break, May Break and approximately 12 weekends throughout the academic year.
Featured Activity: Madison Community Scholars
James Madison University (JMU) alumni generously launched a scholarship awarding funds to five to eight students interested in strengthening their civic leadership, organizational and interpersonal skills through a year-long commitment addressing community-identified priorities intended to increase the capacity of community partners.
Featured Program: First Year Student Service Day
Students engage in a focused day of service completing community projects at over 26 community partner sites and completing close to 1800 hours of service in one day. Past locations include the Jubilee Family Development Center, Miriam’s House, Kids Haven, Adult Care Center, Gleaning for the World and Camp Kum-Ba-Yah.
Featured Activity: Regional Track and Field Event for Special Olympics
For over 20 years Lynchburg College has partnered with Special Olympics to offer a regional track and field event for Special Olympics athletes. The day includes field events, an Olympic Village with games and activities, interaction and pictures with James River Kennel Club dogs and an award ceremony for the athletes. The Office of Community Involvement and Alpha Sigma Alpha jointly host with other student volunteers from various organizations including Greek Life, Alpha Phi Omega, Bonner Leaders, Student Judicial Board and Athletics to assist in making the day special and fun for all involved.
Mary Baldwin College
Featured Program: Community Mural Projects
Human rights activist and artist-in-residence Claudia Bernardi facilitates mural projects with communities that have experienced trauma.
Old Dominion University
Featured Program: Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women
Old Dominion University (ODU) annually hosts the Hampton Roads Conference for Girls and Young Women, a free conference that attracts over 400 local young women participants. ODU students, faculty and staff as well as local community leaders serve as volunteers, mentors and workshop presenters. The Conference for Girls and Young Women provides a forum for girls, young women and their parents to expand their knowledge of critical issues by providing honest information, encouraging informed choices and good decisions, and offering opportunities for dialogue and exchange of ideas.
Michael Maningas, Assistant Dean of Students
Featured MLK Day Activity: Campus Wide Service
Shenandoah University embraces and encourages all students to participate in service in recognition of MLK Day. Events include food packaging and preparation, the Martin Luther King Jr. Service of Remembrance, a candlelight march and movie showings.
Tidewater Community College
Featured Program: Student Engagement Fair
At the beginning of every spring semester, Tidewater Community College (TCC) hosts a resource fair to provide information about TCC service providers.
University of Richmond
Featured Program: ENRICHmond
ENRICHmond, held at the beginning of the semester, is a community engagement fair for students, faculty and staff interested in using their time at the University of Richmond to make a difference in Greater Richmond.This festive gathering includes community organizations, campus departments, student organizations and others who wish to share information about their programs, including opportunities for community-based learning, service, internships, advocacy and research that allow members of the university to build and share their skills and knowledge base while partnering for social change in Metropolitan Richmond.
University of Virginia
Katie Heimer, Program Coordinator for Public Service
Virginia Commonwealth University
Featured Program: VCU RamPantry
Virginia Commonwealth’s RamPantry, started by students in January 2014, provides nutritious meals for students in need. A member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance, RamPantry serves about 100 students each week and operates with the services of about 200 student volunteers, faculty, staff and faith-based ministries. Partners include Food Lion, Shalom Farms, Panera Bread, SoapBox Soaps, the VCU School of Dentistry, Relay Foods and the local food bank. The pantry not only supplies healthy foods but also toiletries and other basic supplies.
To learn more about VCU RamPantry, visit news.vcu.edu/article/Food_for_thought_RamPantry_provides_nutritious_meals_for_students.
Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University (Virginia Tech)
Featured program: STEP UP leaders
STEP UP (Students Together Engaging in & Practicing Ut Prosim) is the student leadership team that coordinates all VT Engage service trips. This team works closely with peers, VT Engage, and community partners to coordinate trips based on community-identified need and develop reflections to pair with each service experience. These trips range from half-day Get on the Bus trips to Campus Kitchen at Virginia Tech experiences to international immersion trips.
In addition to these hands-on experiences, leaders attend weekly meetings focused on developing new skills and leading impact service experiences for their peers. This curriculum builds students’ knowledge and expertise as they progress in the program. Throughout the experience, leaders are immersed in learning more about best practices for community engagement and trip coordination while studying and examining service, social and environmental topics.
Virginia Wesleyan College
Diane E. Hotaling, Director of Community Service
Featured MLK Day Activity: Community Event
Each year, Virginia Wesleyan College observes MLK Day by collaborating with the surrounding community to plan an event. Past events include a neighborhood clean up and a program for older adults, Song and Service with Seniors.
Featured Program: VWC Annual On-Campus Homeless Shelter
For one week each January, Virginia Wesleyan College hosts a shelter for homeless men and women in partnership with the Portsmouth Volunteers for the Homeless. Established in 2007 and founded by students, VWC’s Annual On-Campus Homeless Shelter is one of the only shelters of its kind operated on a college campus in the United States. The shelter is a collaborative campus effort but is staffed and managed primarily by student volunteers and provides a truly transformational experience for volunteers and guests. It takes place during the Winter Sessions academic term and is typically tied with an academic course on the issue of homelessness in America. VWC’s Annual On-Campus Homeless provides a unique opportunity for students to break down social barriers, look beyond stereotypes and make meaningful connections.
To learn more about VWC’s Annual On-Campus Homeless Shelter, visit www.vwc.edu/student-life/community-service/video-documentary.php.
Washington and Lee University
Wendy Lovell, Assistant Director for Community-Based Learning and Communications
Featured Program: Volunteer Venture
Volunteer Venture is a week-long pre-orientation engagement for approximately six groups of 15-20 incoming students in six cities. Events during the week include a speaker, panel and film series, a birthday celebration and education event for elementary school-aged children, and small teach-in discussions.